Red-Shoulder Wrasse

(Stethojulis bandanensis)

Stethojulis bandanensis is a species of wrasse belonging to the family Labridae. Here are some key characteristics and information about Stethojulis bandanensis:

  1. Appearance: Stethojulis bandanensis has a slender and elongated body typical of wrasses. The coloration of this species varies depending on gender and maturity. Males are typically bluish-purple with a yellowish-orange stripe running from the eye to the tail base. Females and juveniles are usually reddish-brown with a white or yellowish stripe along the sides.
  2. Size: They can reach lengths of up to about 12-15 cm (4.7-5.9 inches).
  3. Distribution: This species is found in the tropical Indo-Pacific region, including the Indian Ocean and the western Pacific Ocean. It is known to inhabit reefs around islands such as the Maldives, Indonesia, and the Philippines.
  4. Habitat: Stethojulis bandanensis inhabits coral reefs and rocky areas with rich coral growth. It is commonly found in shallow waters, typically up to about 20 meters (65 feet) deep. They prefer areas with plenty of hiding spots and crevices where they can seek shelter.